19 Best Gifts for the Graduate That You Can Make


Graduation congratulations can be as simple as thoughtful traditions that create long lasting  memories for graduates.  Whether you celebrate graduation with a party or just a card these ideas let the graduate know you are thinking of them.  These homemade graduation gift ideas include a laptop sleeve, id wallet, travel organizer, sewing kit, homemade cards and printable quotes.  And, if your graduate loves money, these creative money gifting ideas will really spark your interest!

Best Gifts for the Graduate That You Can Make

We’ve taken away all the guess work on the best gifts for graduation with these incredible tutorials. For even more ways to make a homemade gift Tip Junkie’s Creative Community has over 688 tutorials. You can always search there if you’’re looking for more tutorials with step-by-step instructions. {wink}

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Money Gift

Graduation Gift Idea

1.  Graduation Gift Idea {free printable} ~ This is a fun and creative way to give someone money as a gift instead of the usual money in a card.  Money and candy wrapped together.  How sweet is that?! The free printable label has been updated. 

Graduation Mason Jar Gift {free printable}

2.  Graduation Mason Jar Gift {free printable} ~ Here is another clever way to give money!  A mason jar full of change.  Attach the free printable that reads, “hard work will always result in change” for a quick and easy gift.

3.  Money Balloons ~ What a fun and unique way to gift money!  Have your local party store inflate balloons with money and confetti.  Imagine how much fun the graduate will have popping the balloons to figure out how much money is inside.

Graduation Money Gift

4.  Gift Card Candy Lei {how-to} ~ Instead of a bouquet of flowers consider giving a gift card candy lei! They’re fun for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher appreciation day or even after dance/music recitals.5.  Graduation Money Gift ~ Show the brilliant graduate that their hard work has paid off with this bucket of money!  No pun intended.  I love how the money is rolled up and tied to resemble diplomas.  You can download the tag for free and adhere it to a container of your choice.

6.  Money Lei ~ Give a gift that any graduate would love, a lei made from money.  With some ribbon and a stack of dollar bills you can create a fun graduation gift that is sure to be a hit with any graduate.

Homemade Gifts For Graduation

DIY Chalkboard & Tassel Frame

7.  DIY Chalkboard & Tassel Frame ~ This chalkboard frame and tassel holder is the perfect gift for the graduate.  They can display a photo from their graduation day as well as their tassel.  

Giant Diploma Graduation Gift {diy}

8.  Giant Diploma Graduation Gift {diy} ~ A diploma couldn’t be a more perfect gift for the graduate! Decorate a mailing tube with paper to resemble a diploma and fill with trinkets, goodies or other small gifts.

Awesome Graduate {free printable}

9.  Awesome Graduate {free printable} ~ Attach this “awesome” free printable to a six pack or 2-liter bottle of A&W rootbeer for a fun gift for the graduate.

Laptop Cover

10.  Leather Laptop or Tablet Case DIY ~ Looking for a fashionable yet inexpensive laptop or tablet case, why not make your own? With this tutorial you’ll learn how to take a piece of leather material and turn it into a stylish way to transport your device!

11.  Travel Wallet with Luggage Tag ~ This cute travel wallet has a place for your travel tickets, photo ID, and passport, as well as a matching tag for your luggage.  What a sweet Bon Voyage gift this would make!

Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas

12.  Mason Jar Sewing Kit ~ Turn basic sewing supplies and a mason jar into a sewing kit that is perfect for that new graduate that is about to venture off on their own.

13.  Laundry 101 Gift Basket ~ This laundry gift basket is perfect for grads going off to college for the first time.  They probably don’t have a stockpile of laundry items to take with them and they certainly will need it!

Dr. Seuss Printable

14.  Dr. Seuss Graduation Printables ~ Today is your day.  You’re off to great places!  You’re off and away! ~ Dr. Seuss!  Print and frame this free print (available in 3 color options) to make a fantastic gift to give the graduate.  It’s a perfect reminder for all the things they will experience in life.  They’ve only just begun!

Homemade Graduate Gift Ideas

15.  Your Future is Bright {free printable} ~ “Your future is as bright as your faith!” What a beautiful inspiring quote for the graduate.  Print this free 8×10 print and frame it for a quick and easy gift.

Homemade Graduation Cards

Lightbulb Graduation Cards

16.  Lightbulb Graduation Cards  ~ An adorable free printable card that reads, “Your future looks bright!”.

Printable Graduation Money Holder Card

17.  Printable Graduation Money Holder Card ~ How to make a quick and easy money holder for a fun way to give cash.

18.  You’re a Smart Cookie ~ A darling card made with the Cricut cookie and milk template.

Homemade Graduation Card

19.  Graduation Hat, Diploma & Tassel {free printable} ~ This adorable graduation card printable includes the hat, tassel and diploma. Fill the hat with money and the diploma scroll as your greeting.

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